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Listen now: Carrie Underwood says you can’t “Cry Pretty”

UMGThe only pretty tears you’ll get from Carrie Underwood are the glittery ones falling from her eyes on the cover of her new single, “Cry Pretty.” “You can pretty lie, and say it’s ok/You can pretty smile, and just walk away/Pretty much fake your way through anything,” Carrie sings on her first single for Universal …

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Operator, please connect me with 1993: Superstars team up for ACM Flashbacks at this year’s awards

Academy of Country MusicThis year’s ACM Awards are headed back in time, to pay tribute to the year 1993. Just days before the show, the Academy of Country Music Announced the 53rd annual event will feature the first-ever ACM Flashbacks: Toby Keith and Blake Shelton will perform “Shoulda Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon …

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Ashley McBryde is hangin’ with Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton on the album chart

ABC/Randy HolmesHow hot is Ashley McBryde these days? Well, for starters, she’s sandwiched right between Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton on Billboard’s Hot Country Albums chart this week. In fact, Ashley’s debut album for Warner Nashville, Girl Going Nowhere, is the biggest debut from a solo country artist so far this year, according to her label. Girl makes its initial appearance at #7 this week, …

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Don’t worry, he’s not gonna “Kiss Somebody”: Kelsea’s hubby, Morgan Evans, books a date with The Bachelorette

ABC/Image Group LA Look for Morgan Evans to show up on the next season of ABC’s The Bachelorette. Of course, the Aussie hunk won’t be a contestant, since he married Kelsea Ballerini in December.  Instead, he’ll be singing. “It’s date night!” Morgan shared on Instagram on Monday. “Recording a live version of ‘Kiss Somebody’ for The Bachelorette…” This week, Morgan’s debut single, “Kiss …

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“Life Changes”: The autobiography of Thomas Rhett in three minutes

The Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett’s fourth single from his Life Changes album will be the title cut. And if you’re wondering just how true-to-life the tune is, consider this: TR even namechecks his career-defining hit, “Die a Happy Man,” in the track. “This song is basically my autobiography in three minutes,” TR says. “It covers my college …

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FGL’s first #1 pop hit was clearly “Meant to Be”

ABC/Kelsey McNealIt’s been eight years since a country act has topped Billboard’s pop airplay chart, but now Florida Georgia Line has fixed that. This week, FGL’s collaboration with Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be,” ascends to #1 on the Radio Songs tally. In 2010, it was Lady Antebellum who spent two weeks at the pop pinnacle with “Need You Now.” Only one …

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New music, new tour, and her health: Carrie Underwood answers all in new letter to her fans

UMG NashvilleThere’s been lots of mystery surrounding Carrie Underwood ever since she suffered a serious fall last November, breaking her wrist and suffering a facial injury that required close to fifty stitches. Now she’s clearing the air and revealing all, in an open letter to her fans. “First off, physically, I’m doing pretty darn good these days!” she …

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Miranda Lambert was drawn to Elton John’s “My Father’s Gun” after she’d “gone through some things in [her] life”

Michele Crowe/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedWhen Miranda Lambert had the chance to cover an Elton John song for the Restoration album and to perform it on tonight’s Grammy tribute on CBS, the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year picked a track from a classic album from 1970. “Elton John is, I mean, obviously iconic,” Miranda …

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Kelsea Ballerini gets apology from country news site for “pitting [female] artists against each other”

ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini‘s received an apology from a country news site for running a poll asking fans to choose which female artist they’re most looking forward to seeing at this Sunday’s ACMs. The Twitter poll from Next Women of Country asked fans to choose between Maren Morris, Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea and Lauren Alaina.  Kelsea …

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“American Idol”: Five contestants go home after all-star duets

ABC/Eric McCandlessOn American Idol Monday night, the good news was that 12 of the 24 American Idol finalists got to sing with some big-name stars.  The bad news was that after they were done singing, five of them were sent home. After the first dramatic elimination of the season, complete with Ryan Seacrest saying, “Kieran, dim the lights,” the following contestants …

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